Cultured Mongrel act to create high impact, hard to predict dance theatre performances that play a dominant role in changing the
course of everyday thought. Touring to anywhere with a double plug socket, we are dedicated to communicating between urban
and rural environments to ensure genuine engagement with both danced audiences and new audiences alike.
Our work is created on a project basis using interdisciplinary performers and the range of tools needed to create the highest
quality and most effective work possible. Less concerned with a codified form and more interested in challenging
performance practice we are eager to collaborate, question and create work that evolves with each performance.
If you are interested in booking our work please contact our producer Rob@culturedmongreldance.com
HERE BEFORE NOW
TOURING AUTUMN 2017
Parallel works available for mid-scale theatres and living rooms. We've all 'been here before'. With hindsight it is east to see how history has repeated itself but what happens when life throws you a curve ball of metric proportion? Exploring grief, change and our relationship with home, Here Before Now combines movement, music and text with live music from composer Nik Paget-Tomlinson.
EXPERTS IN SHORT TROUSERS
The young audience and their families arrive to a disaster; the cast, costume and set strewn everywhere!. Having never ventured to earth before the cast need taught how to move, what to wear and how to rebuild their escape vehicle; with a cast distracted by the wonders of their new planet it is up to the Experts In Short Trousers to make sure the job gets done!
THINKING IN THE FIRST PERSON
Second in our social media trilogy. A physical,
visceral and intense piece of hip hop theatre rooted in bboying and gestural movement. Exploring identity, this quartet addresses how self value fluctuates when faced with constantly presenting oneself online and questions the consequences of self editing.
Has having the ability to connect with everyone helped us truly forget how to connect with anyone? Bold hip hop theatre that challenges the way social media has changed our lives. From the humble bragger to the over sharer this physical, witty and entertaining piece challenges the characters we become when hidden behind a computer screen.
Creating a world in which a life is unpacked and explored in the hope of finding a way to live. Inspired by texts from and interviews with people living with Bipolar Disorder, created with artists whose combined skills include contemporary dance, theatre, bboying
and gymnastics. Created with support from the Bipolar Fellowship Scotland and The Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival; presented as the feature work in their first ever dance programme.
WORK IN PROGRESS
An exploration of gender roles, gender identity and sexual orientation in modern life questioning the point at which the comical stereotype becomes a hurtful slur, the assumed gender roles of behaviours and the ability for a person to forever be in a state of transformation.
Created in collaboration with Jasper Dzuki Jelen, Moos van den Broek and Ukweli Roach using Cultured Mongrel's unique methodology #TheSoloFilter
THESE ARE THE CONDITIONS...
Everything natural lends itself to the scientific phenomenon that is Chaos Theory. It is real
science where patterns are apparent but not
obvious; where occurrences appear random but actually make perfect sense.
Nobody put us in a box and then measured what happened. We happened and then we measured ourselves.
A CHILL RAISE YOUR SKIN
'You lift your hair and the knot behind your neck loosens quick to let loose your top and I watch a chill raise your skin' PORUBSKY Dream Girl No12
A journey into voyeurism for an audience who, by circumstance, are already willing voyeurs.
What happens when the relationship you imagined becomes real? Can you separate yourself from the fantasy enough to enjoy the reality?
Sunset Manor uses the overlap in contemporary dance and bboying to highlight the strengths and vulnerability of each performer.
'Abortion is discussed; abortions are not'
Created with thanks to the women who were honest enough to speak with EJP about their experiences; the work has been created to reflect the true emotional and physical devastation that can come with taking the decision to have an abortion.
EXCERPTS FROM A BIGGER PICTURE
'We live together, we act on, and react to, one
another; but always and in all circumstances we
are by ourselves.... We can pool information about experiences, but never the experiences themselves. From family to nation, every human group is a
society of island universes.'
Aldous Huxley, The Doors of Perception